Wisdom and knowledge are the most valuable things in the body.

Masayoshi Son

Masayoshi Son

Profession: Executive
Nationality: Japanese

Wisdom and knowledge are the most valuable things in the body. Masayoshi Son

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I started Softbank in 1981, a year and a half after I came back from the United States, after graduating from Berkeley. I wanted to start my own company when I came back to Japan.

In the early stages of Internet in Japan, many said that Japanese and Americans are different. There are 10 reasons why Japanese Internet is not taking off. I said none of them are right; it's just a time lag. And, of course, Japanese Internet took off.

My style is to have a big vision, a big commitment.

Indian software engineers are the best in the world; even in Silicon Valley, the best software engineers are Indians.

I don't like accidental success. It's what Bill Gates calls 'random,' a term he uses with the opposite of respect.

The autonomous car is definitely coming, and when that stage comes, this ride-share business becomes even more important.

When you negotiate a deal, you clearly know a lot about the other person.

Uber is redefining the transportation industry now; Airbnb is doing it to the hotel industry. You can expect that to happen in every single industry.

Traditional companies have to start looking into themselves to offer more opportunities in their companies by starting new subsidiaries and joint ventures.

The best opportunity for return on investment is in the information revolution.

When Gates was active in business, he was the smartest - so focused that no company could surpass Microsoft.

If you live in the States, you see the windmill signal on your smartphone all the time. It's like living in Beijing air. You have to remember the blue sky.

InMobi is not just an India-focused company, but it is a global player.

Uber has to design for the global platform.